Roberto Soldado admits that he didn’t expect this Spain call-up, but is looking to make the most of it to earn future international involvement.
The Valencia man narrowly missed out on a place at Euro 2012, but is involved in Vicente del Bosque’s plans for Saudi Arabia and Georgia this week and next.
“There had not been a long time in between to change the opinion of the Coach,” reflected the striker to today’s gathered media.
“We’ve had very little time from the start of the season. I’m just trying to do my job in the best way possible in Valencia. I’ve started the season well, but it could have been better.
“I hope to shine and I hope to convince Del Bosque that I can stay here for a long time.”
Soldado is intent on making the most of the opportunity, aware of the importance of achieving victory, particularly in the second match.
“We are all working hard. There is the friendly and then World Cup qualifying begins. You have to start strong against Georgia because we begin the campaign with two games on the road.
“I am back in the squad with the hope of helping us to win both games.”
The striker is training alongside David Villa, who is just back from almost eight months on the sidelines with a broken leg.
“He is good, he looks happy and recovered. Already he has no discomfort in his leg. He is eager to help the team.
“We all think he will be the same Villa as before. I hope and wish.”
Soldado also spoke on how the squad have celebrated Andres Iniesta’s win of the UEFA Best Player in Europe award.
“We presented a cake that was shaped like the trophy for the Best Player in Europe. We are glad because he deserves the award. It was a nice moment to share with colleagues and to say thanks with his teammates at Barcelona and in La Seleccion.”